San Ramon Valley High set for Athletic Hall of Fame dinner, induction ceremony

Three former athletes, one longtime coach getting enshrined

San Ramon Valley High School will be hosting its 10th Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony on Thursday, where three of the school's top former athletes and one of its top coaches will be inducted.

This year’s inductees include 1986 graduate swimming and water polo star Matt “Gibber” Gibson, 1987 basketball MVP Eric McDonough, 2008 grad and standout football player Greg Wilson, and longtime basketball coach and teacher Hans de Lannoy.

This group will be joining more than 50 students and coaches who have joined the hall of the Wolves' most elite athletes, and school staff say are outstanding role models for current SRVHS students.

Residents are welcome to attend the ceremony which will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive in Danville. Interested attendees are asked to RSVP by following instructions on the SRVHS website.

Matt “Gibber” Gibson -- Class of 1986

In his four years as a swim team varsity letterman, Gibson saw nothing but victory after victory, and became known as one of the fastest and most competitive athletes in the state.

In those four years, Gibson completed four undefeated East Bay Athletic League swim seasons, won four San Ramon Valley League Championships, continuously held the top times in his events, was named the 1986 Athlete of the Year by the Tri-Valley Herald and Oakland Tribune, and was named a multi-event All American.

Gibson was also known as a quality teammate and inspiring leader. While team captain on the SRVHS water polo team, he helped lead his crew to being the No. 1 ranked team in the country by USA Today.

Today he lives in Eagle, Idaho with enjoys spending time with his wife Crystal and two children Celeste (20) and Jesse (12).

Eric McDonough -- Class of 1987

As a standout player on the Wolves' basketball squad, McDonough gained a reputation as one of the most dedicated players to ever wear the uniform.

A three-year starter, McDonough graduated as the top scorer in the history of SRVHS and in his junior year lead the wolves to their first league championship in 15 years.

He achieved a repeat in his senior year, leading his squad to a second championship and being named First Team All-League in the process.

McDonough was named to the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s prestigious “Best In the West” poll and was an Honorable Mention McDonald’s All-American in 1987, before accepting a scholarship to the University of California-Berkeley. He played three seasons at Cal before an injury cut short his career.

Now, McDonough coach's his children's youth basketball teams in Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica, and stays involved in Cal basketball in various ways.

Greg Wilson -- Class of 2008

The youngest inductee into 2019’s Hall of Famer Class, Wilson first started playing football as one of the smallest players on the team, but by the time he graduated, he was known as one of the most dominant wide receivers in SRVHS football.

Known for being hard-working and a true team player, in his junior year Wilson earned the “Mr. Clutch” award and was credited as being a huge contributor to the team's success that year. During his tenure on the wolves he helped propel the team to an EBAL and NCS title.

After playing college ball at Fordham University in New York, he was invited to attend the San Francisco 49ers rookie camp as a walk on. Following those tryouts, in 2013 he was signed to the Denver Broncos practice squad and was part of the team that won the AFC Championship and went to the Super Bowl.

Wilson also played two years for the Calgary Stampeders, in the pass-happy Canadian Football League.

Hans de Lannoy -- Coach

A longtime staple of the SRVHS academic and athletic community, the many victories and accolades basketball coach de Lannoy and his teams have won over his decades of coaching are almost too numerous to count.

School officials say he has 40 years of coaching experience, including taking the SRVHS boys to back-to-back EBAL championships in 1986 and 1987, and taking the girls team to its first-ever NCS championship in 2006.

That 2006 championship year was capped off by being named Girls Division 1 State Coach of the Year.

Also a dedicated educator, de Lannoy is a 33-year member of the SRVHS faculty. During that time he has been named an honoree of the parent-teacher-student association three times, earned the Mr. San Ramon award in 2002 and was a two-time Mason McDuffie outstanding teacher award winner.

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